Proverbs 19:15
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New International Version
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

New Living Translation
Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.

English Standard Version
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

New American Standard Bible
Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.

King James Bible
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry.

International Standard Version
Laziness puts one to sleep, and an idle person will go hungry.

NET Bible
Laziness brings on a deep sleep, and the idle person will go hungry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Slumber gives sleep and the proud soul will suffer hunger.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Laziness throws one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will go hungry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and the negligent soul shall suffer hunger.

King James 2000 Bible
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

American King James Version
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

American Standard Version
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; And the idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Darby Bible Translation
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and the idle soul shall suffer hunger.

English Revised Version
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and the idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Webster's Bible Translation
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

World English Bible
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep. The idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Young's Literal Translation
Sloth causeth deep sleep to fall, And an indolent soul doth hunger.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:14. A discreet and virtuous wife is more valuable than house and riches. 15. A sluggish, slothful disposition makes men poor; it brings them to want. And this applies both to the present life and that which is to come. 16. If we keep God's word, God's word will keep us from every thing really hurtful. We abuse the doctrine of free grace, if we think that it does away the necessity and advantage of obedience. Those that live at random must die. This truth is clearly taught in words enough to alarm the stoutest sinner. 17. God has chosen the poor of this world, to be rich in faith, and heirs of his kingdom. 18. When parents keep under foolish tenderness, they do their best to render children a comfort to them, and happy in themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; "causes deep sleep to fall upon a man" (comp. Proverbs 6:9; Proverbs 13:4). The word for "sleep" (תַרדֵמָה, tardemah) is that used for the supernatural sleep of Adam when Eve was formed (Genesis 2:21), and implies pro. found insensibility. Aquila and Symmachus render it, ἔκστασιν, "trance." Slothfulness enervates a man, renders him as useless for labour as if he were actually asleep in his bed; it also enfeebles the mind, corrupts the higher faculties, converts a rational being into a witless animal. Otium est vivi hominis sepultura, "Idleness is a living man's tomb." An idle soul shall suffer hunger. We have many gnomes to this effect (see Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 12:24; Proverbs 20:13; Proverbs 23:21). The LXX. has introduced something of this verse at Proverbs 18:8, and here render, Δειλία κατέχει ἀνδρόγυνον, "Cowardice holdeth fast the effeminate, and the soul of the idle shall hunger." "Sloth," as the proverb says, "is the mother of poverty."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep,.... Slothful persons are generally sleepy, and are very desirous of sleep, and indulge themselves in it; they spend their time, day and night, in sleep and drowsiness; and are quite careless and unconcerned about either their temporal or eternal good; see Proverbs 6:9;

and an idle soul shall suffer hunger; and perish with it, both in a temporal and spiritual sense: an idle person, that will not work, ought not to eat; and an idle soul, or one that is unconcerned about his soul, and the spiritual food of it, shall perish for want of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. a deep sleep—a state of utter indifference.

idle soul—or, "person" (compare Pr 10:4; 12:24).

Proverbs 19:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
14House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD. 15Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger. 16He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 6:10
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 24:33
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Proverbs 31:27
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Treasury of Scripture

Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

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Proverbs 19:24 A slothful man hides his hand in his bosom, and will not so much …

Proverbs 6:9,10 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep…

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you …

Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness …

Proverbs 24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Romans 13:11,12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

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Proverbs 10:4,5 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the …

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you …

Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness …

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any …

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